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Online newspaper editor freed after 10 months in detention

first_img Reports BurundiAfrica Kavumbagu thanked the organizations, including Reporters Without Borders and Burundi’s journalists, which gave him their moral support while he was in prison.While relieved by Kavumbagu’s release, Reporters Without Borders points out that there were absolutely no grounds for him to have been held for 10 months. The case comes at a particularly bad time for the media in Burundi, with press freedom violations on the increase. Privately-owned radio stations are often urged to censor themselves and phone-in programmes are sabotaged.Eric Manirakiza, the manager of Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), said the two phone lines to the station’s studio were disconnected for seven days from 2 May, probably on the orders of the National Telecommunications Office to prevent listeners from participating in live phone-in programmes. The previous week, the station’s programme “Kabizi” was suspended by the National Communication Council from 26 to 29 April for “uncontrolled excesses.”Four RPA journalists – Raymon Zirampaye, Domithile Kiramvu, Bonfils Niyongere and Philbert Musobozi – are due to appear before a Bujumbura court for the third time on 9 June on charges of defaming and insulting Mayor Evrard Giswaswa in a series of reports beginning on 18 October 2010 about a brawl in which he was allegedly involved.Radio Isanganiro, another privately-owned station, is also being targeted by the authorities. Its editor in chief, Patrick Mitabaro, was summoned before the Bujumbura state prosecutor on 3 May for interviewing a government opponent in exile. The station’s fulltime correspondent in the central province of Mwaro, Laurent Ndikuriyo, was summoned before the province’s deputy prosecutor on 9 May for reporting four days earlier that a teacher was being investigated for falsifying a transfer order. Ndikuriyo was released after interrogation but was told to remain available for further questioning. June 5, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Burundi Reporters Without Borders is relieved by online newspaper editor Jean-Claude Kavumbagu’s release yesterday after being acquitted on a charge of treason for questioning in an article whether Burundi would be able to protect itself against a terrorist attack by Somalia’s Islamist militia Al-Shabaab. Prosecutors had requested a life sentence last month on 13 April.When dismissing the treason charge on 13 May, the Bujumbura court nonetheless sentenced Kavumbagu to eight months in prison and a fine of 100,000 Burundian francs (50 euros) on a lesser charge of publishing an article “liable to undermine the state’s credibility and national economy.” He was immediately freed because he had spent more than 10 months in pre-trial detention.“My article just expressed an opinion,” Kavumbagu told Reporters Without Borders as he left prison. “It is normal for the public to ask questions. I just did my job as a journalist, without accusing anyone. It is time the government kept its promises and stopped bringing criminal prosecutions over press cases.” Kavumbagu, who edits the online newspaper Net Press, added: “By prosecuting a journalist one month after a national conference on media and communication in March, the Burundian authorities flagrantly contradicted their statements.”Despite the arbitrary eight-month jail sentence, Kavumbagu said he planned to immediately resume working as a journalist and fighting for the decriminalization of media offences. “The permission the government gave to journalists to hold peaceful demonstrations on World Press Freedom Day already represents a step towards decriminalization. The government will gradually drop this practice and will change the press law.” RSF_en Receive email alerts News BurundiAfrica Help by sharing this information to go further News Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention November 27, 2020 Find out more News October 21, 2020 Find out more May 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Online newspaper editor freed after 10 months in detention The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation last_img read more

Mayor Issues Storm Update, List of Ocean City Cancellations

first_imgA message from Mayor Jay Gillian:A major coastal storm is on its way, and I want everybody to be prepared. We’re still monitoring the outlook, but the current forecast calls for everything from high winds to tidal flooding starting tonight and continuing through Sunday.As with most storms, one of our primary concerns is with flooded streets. There’s a chance of minor flooding on Friday, but the biggest concern will be on Saturday morning, according to the latest forecasts.We’re asking everybody to keep an eye out on the streets and be prepared to move vehicles to higher ground. The roads closer to the beach are at higher elevation for parking, and they also offer the safest routes of travel. Trinity United Methodist Church at 20 North Shore Road in Marmora has graciously extended an invitation for Ocean City residents to use their parking lot.Remember, for your safety and to protect your cars and neighboring properties, never try to drive through flood waters. In addition to the usual dangers, many roads are currently under construction and flood waters could be hiding uneven surfaces and other hazards.The forecast calls for winds beyond 50 mph on Friday. It’s a good idea to make sure your phones and electronic devices are charged up now, in the event of a power outage.Please check in on your neighbors and make sure they are OK and their properties are secure.Many events have been postponed due to the forecast:The Ocean City Education Foundation “Benefit by the Beach” (originally scheduled for Friday, March 2) will now be held on April 13.The Ocean City Fire Department Swearing-In Ceremony (originally scheduled for Friday, March 2) will be postponed to a date still to be determined.The “Fridays With Friends” event for local youth (originally scheduled for Friday, March 2 at the Civic Center) will be cancelled. The final “Friday With Friends” for the school year will be held March 16 at the Ocean City Community Center.The Ocean City Intermediate School Fishing Flea Market (originally scheduled for Saturday, March 3) will be cancelled.I will continue to provide updates and information as the forecast develops. For Police and Fire Department emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 609-399-9111. Mayor Jay Gillian last_img read more

European Investment Bank could guarantee ELTIF-backed projects, suggests PensionsEurope

first_imgThe European Investment Bank should be encouraged to work with managers behind the European Commission’s long-term investment vehicle, offering capital guarantees and its own expertise in evaluating projects, PensionsEurope has said.A position paper published by the European pension association also said the European executive should consider relaxing guidelines around the use of derivatives in its proposed European Long-term Investment Fund (ELTIF), allowing investing pension funds to continue with “sound” risk-management strategies.The association further argued in favour of a broader list of eligible assets, speaking out in particular for the inclusion of listed small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and said the vehicles should be also be able to exceed 30% leverage.The draft ELTIF regulation, published by the Commission last June in the wake of its long-term investing Green Paper, currently does not allow the vehicles to use commodities, engage in securities lending or borrowing, or use derivatives “unless these instruments are used for hedging purposes”. However, the association argued that the limitations on derivates should be reconsidered.“We wish that the use of derivatives would be allowed to hedge against risks associated with all ELTIFs investments and not only against interest rate or currency risks,” the paper said.“This would allow institutional investors such as IORPs to have a sound risk management strategy.”It also suggested that the current maximum leverage threshold of 30% should be reconsidered, “especially for funds mainly composed of equities”.“Indeed, we consider the investor to be aware of the risk attached to these types of funds,” it said, arguing that the threshold be raised to 50%.PensionsEurope also suggested that, to make the mutual funds more attractive to the core audience of small to medium-sized pension funds, the European Investment Bank should offer guarantees for some of the investments made through the ELTIF.“The EIB’s Project Bonds Initiative and other similar activities should be directly linked to the ELTIF,” it said, “with the EIB assuming riskier tranches and providing guarantees.“This would reduce the risks inherent to these kinds of investments, and investors would see the ELTIF as a secure investment vehicle.”It also recommended the EIB and other national bodies “actively cooperate” with asset managers and investors involved with the ELTIFs, as smaller pension funds could not be expected to possess the resources to assess infrastructure projects.However, despite suggesting several amendments, PensionsEurope said it was broadly in favour of the funds.“Pooled investment vehicles are important for smaller IORPS so they can invest in long-term projects without jeopardising the diversification of their asset allocation,” it said.“Furthermore, by pooling existing knowledge, institutional investors may profit from each other’s expertise in different areas so that all of them stand to gain from a pooled investment vehicle.”,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to PensionsEurope’s position paper on ELTIFLink to European Commission’s current draft regulation on ELTIFlast_img read more

O’Mahony hopes for better

first_imgIreland captain Peter O’Mahony is targeting improvements in this weekend’s clash with Canada.after beating the United States by just three points last time out. Press Association The visitors have made seven changes to their side for the match at Toronto’s BMO Field as they look to maintain their unbeaten record over the hosts. “It probably took us a day or two to reflect on our last 80 minutes, get over it and how we enjoyed battling through it and getting the 80 minutes under our belt,” O’Mahony said. center_img “I really enjoyed captaining the side. We’re focused on the 80 minutes, getting that under our belt and getting it done. “We talked about the breakdown and, with a couple of guys going down with illness, that’s not something that you can bat yourself around Tuesday and Thursday. It is up to guys to get themselves mentally right, today’s a big session for us and we have to make sure we’re in the right places and singing off the same hymn sheet.” Canada coach Kieran Cowley took heart from Ireland’s performance during their 15-12 triumph over USA. “We have seen a lot of these players play Heineken Cup and RaboDirect Pro12, we know them from that, but as a unit it was the first time to see them play,” Crowley said. “As a unit, they would have improved from that, it was their first hit out together and the US put them under a bit of pressure with their defence and it got a little bit messy. But I’m sure they’ll improve after another week together. “When you analyse games you take things from their game. They’ve had a run out now, so they will be a lot better and we have got to put in place our own things.” Ireland team: F Jones (Munster); F McFadden (Leinster), D Cave (Ulster), J Downey (Munster), A Trimble (Ulster); I Madigan (Leinster), I Boss (Leinster); T Court (Ulster), R Strauss (Leinster), M Ross (Leinster); D Tuohy (Ulster), D Toner (Leinster); K McLaughlin (Leinster), T O’Donnell (Munster), P O’Mahony (capt, Munster). Reps: S Cronin (Leinster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), D Fitzpatrick (Ulster), M McCarthy (Connacht), C Henry (Ulster), P Marshall (Ulster), P Jackson (Ulster), R Henshaw (Connacht). last_img read more

Louis van Gaal happy to have Michael Carrick available

first_imgLouis van Gaal is glad to be able to call upon Michael Carrick for Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal on Sunday as the manager’s concerns about fatigue continue. Carrick sat out Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League home victory over Wolfsburg due to what was described as a minor injury, b ut the 34-year-old was subsequently named in Roy Hodgson’s England squad on Thursday. And speaking later that day, United boss Van Gaal told MUTV ahead of this weekend’s Barclays Premier League contest at the Emirates Stadium: “Carrick can play so I have a choice. Carrick’s fellow central midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31, came off in the second half of the Wolfsburg game while Morgan Schneiderlin played the full 90 minutes. It remains to be seen whether Ander Herrera, who also sat the match out, is involved on Sunday. The winning goal against Wolfsburg came from an unlikely source in defender Chris Smalling, another player who made Hodgson’s latest England squad. Smalling, who looks to have improved considerably, earned the praise of Van Gaal on Wednesday for his exploits in the European match. And the manager added to that on Thursday, emphasising Smalling himself deserves most of the credit for the transformation he has undergone. “I think when he does things, he does it by himself,” Van Gaal said. “I help him with advice, demands, training sessions, and showing images to improve him, but he has to be open and he has to perform on the pitch. “He does everything himself. It is the greatest compliment you have to make to Chris and not to me.” Winger Ashley Young did not make Hodgson’s party, a day after he came on at half-time in the Wolfsburg game to replace Antonio Valencia at right-back. Van Gaal has pointed out Young is a “very important” member of his squad. “He is a team player, and not many players are,” Van Gaal said. “He is always thinking about the team and he can play in a lot of positions. For a manager, it is fantastic he is willing to do that. “He has not played so much at right-back but the second goal started with him. I am very happy with him.” “I am happy to say there are no injuries from last night.” United are currently Premier League leaders and head into the Arsenal fixture on a four-match winning streak in all competitions. But the Wolfsburg victory was somewhat unconvincing and the performance drew some criticism from Van Gaal, who stressed the need for improvement. The Dutchman also suggested his players are being affected by fatigue, claiming the number of games United have played of late – that was their sixth in 18 days – is taking its toll. And when asked about that on Thursday with a view to the meeting with Arsenal, who played their Champions League game this week a day earlier than United, Van Gaal said: “The solution is recovery – recovery, recovery, recovery. And that is why it is so difficult to prepare for the match against Arsenal. “You want to prepare on the pitch, but you cannot do it because the players need freshness. So then the other solution is to change your squad. “So we have to see how the evaluation is of my fatigue specialist. “I cannot tell that now, then tomorrow the players have a day off because they have already had two weeks with no day off. So we wait and see on Saturday. Then I can make decisions.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Blygen’s hat-trick lifts Boys’ Town in Locker Room Sports KSAFA Jackie Bell KO

first_imgMichael Blygen’s hat-trick rescued Boys’ Town from embarrassment against lower leaguers Maxfield Park, in their Locker Room Sports KSAFA/Jackie Bell Knockout game at Collie Smith Complex yesterday.The home team surrendered a two-goal lead to the Major League outfit, which came back from two-nil down to level at 2-2. But two late goals from the former Tivoli Gardens striker saw the home team win 4-2.After a dour and goalless first half, Boys’ Town went in front just before the hour (59th) when Blygen flicked the ball over the Maxfield goalkeeper and it fell into the goal. Minutes later, Chavanney Willis made it 2-0 when he latched on to a through ball and slotted home.However, the visitors responded minutes later when Romaine Mullington was on the end of a good build-up to tap the ball past the Boys’ Town custodian. And before Boys’ Town realised what hit them, Nico Reynolds, Maxfield’s best player, equalised with a rasping shot from the edge of the box.Maxfield nearly went ahead in the 80th minute, but referee Carvel Banton adjudged that the ball had not crossed the goalline. Then on the counter, Boys’ Town went straight up field and Blygen capitalised on a loose ball to make it 3-2.The former Humble Lion and Rivoli player sealed the win two minutes from time when he broke away and calmly slotted home.Blygen spent the second-half of last season in the Dominican Republic, but missed most of that campaign through injury.”So far in the Premier League, things have been very disappointing. I hope this will be a stepping stone for me to get more playing time and deliver for my team and try to help them make the top four,” he said.”Last season, I joined Boys’ Town in January, then went on a trial overseas in Dominica Republic. I made the team and played three matches, but injury got the better of me. But this season I am back, so I am just taking it a step at a time and doing my best and see what happens.”So I hope this hat-trick gives coach more confidence in me because I have always worked hard, but the team has been up and down; we are not being consistent. So I hope that this is a stepping stone for me to get time on the pitch,” he reasoned.Coach Andrew Price is also hoping this is a turning point for his striker.”I hope that this will be a catalyst for him (Blygen) to assist us in the third round. Boys’ Town always play better football in the third round, and we are preparing ourselves assiduously to really make a good run and see where it leads us,” he declared.Yesterday’s resultsBarbican 1 UWI 0Waterhouse 2 Maverley/Hughenden 1Boys’ Town 4 Maxfield 2Today’s games3 p.m. August Town vs Bull Bay at UWI Mona Bowl3 p.m. Olympic Gardens vs Real Mona at Cling Cling Oval3 p.m. Rockfort vs Cavalier at Rockfort3 p.m. Cooreville Gardens vs Arnett Gardens at Duhaney Park7 p.m. Harbour View vs Tivoli Gardens at Harbour View Stadiumlast_img read more

Softball Travels To Wildcat Invitational Hosted By No. 10 Arizona

first_img Arizona Live Stats Live Video (Arizona x2, Ball State, Abilene Christian) The Bulldogs face a strong Arizona team who is coming off a five-win opening weekend including a 4-0 win over then No. 21 Baylor. Senior third baseman Katiyana Mauga was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after hitting four home runs in four games with eight RBIs and a 1.357 slugging percentage. The Bulldogs are coming off a 4-1 performance at the UNI Dome-Classic which featured two victories over South Dakota State as well as Omaha and Montana. Wisconsin handed Drake its sole loss of the season with a 4-1 victory in eight innings. Drake was led by junior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) who earned MVC Pitcher of the Week honors after compiling a 2-1 record with a 0.39 ERA and one save in four appearances, including a five-inning no-hitter in the first win over South Dakota State. Newman recorded 35 strikeouts in 18.0 innings for the Bulldogs in their opening weekend. Ball State Live Stats TUSCON, Ariz. – The Drake University softball team looks to continue its strong start as the teams travel to the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Arizona, Feb. 16-19. Drake opens the invitational against No. 10 Arizona on Thursday at 6 p.m. CST before taking on Ball State and North Dakota State Friday at 2 and 8 p.m., respectively. The Bulldogs will once again take on Arizona Saturday at 6 p.m. before facing Boston College at 8 p.m. Drake closes the tournament with a game against Abilene Christian Sunday at 12 p.m. The two games against Arizona, Ball State and Abilene Christian will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. Boston College Live Stats Drake also welcomed the addition of freshman Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) who batted .357 (5-14) in her first five career games. Maddox opened her career with an inside the park grand slam as well as another solo homerun in the Bulldogs’ 8-0 victory over South Dakota State in the season-opener. North Dakota State Live Stats Abilene Christian Live Stats Story Links Tournament Central Page Ball State and North Dakota State are both coming off 1-4 performances last weekend dropping multiple games by close margins. Three of the Cardinals loses were by three runs or less while North Dakota State lost their four games by a combined seven runs. Boston College went 3-1 last weekend including victories over the Houston and Wright State. The Bulldogs will close the weekend against Abilene Christian who returns to the field after a 3-3 outing last weekend including a victory over Iowa. Following the Wildcat Invitational, Drake travels to Lafayette, La. for the Mardi Gras Classic hosted by Louisiana where they will play six games in three days, Feb. 23-25. The Bulldogs open the three-day tournament against Bowling Green on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Like, Make a Tree

first_imgThree Darwinist professors lamented recently in Science1 that few scientists are making like a tree: “‘tree thinking’ remains widely practiced only by professional evolutionary biologists,” they said.  And just what is “tree thinking”?  It is basically thinking like Darwin; i.e., looking at the living world with phylogenetic glasses:The central claim of the theory of evolution as laid out in 1859 by Charles Darwin in The Origin of Species is that living species, despite their diversity in form and way of life, are the products of descent (with modification) from common ancestors.  To communicate this idea, Darwin developed the metaphor of the ‘tree of life.’  In this comparison, living species trace backward in time to common ancestors in the same way that separate twigs on a tree trace back to the same major branches.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)What prompted this editorial?  “This is a particular cause for concern at a time when the teaching of evolution is being challenged,” they say.  But there’s a positive side, too: “because evolutionary trees serve not only as tools for biological researchers across disciplines but also as the main framework within which evidence for evolution is evaluated.”    While tree-thinking is useful for everyone, the art of generating trees is best left to the wizards:At the outset, it is important to clarify that tree thinking does not necessarily entail knowing how phylogenies are inferred by practicing systematists.  Anyone who has looked into phylogenetics from outside the field of evolutionary biology knows that it is complex and rapidly changing, replete with a dense statistical literature, impassioned philosophical debates, and an abundance of highly technical computer programs.  Fortunately, one can interpret trees and use them for organizing knowledge of biodiversity without knowing the details of phylogenetic inference.  The reverse is, however, not true.  One cannot really understand phylogenetics if one is not clear what an evolutionary tree is.They provide some examples of potential sources of confusion.  “Although closely related species tend to be similar to one another, this is not necessarily the case if the rate of evolution is not uniform:” for instance.  “Crocodiles are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards, even though crocodiles are indisputably more similar in external appearance to lizards.”    A statement like that would surely shock a novice.  It’s not the outward similarity, they explain, but the phylogenetic inference that counts.  Evolutionary history is not progressive, nor is it uniform.  In addition, we see only the tips of the branches inhabited by living or fossil organisms; occupants of the nodes (common ancestors of the branches) are only inferred, and may not have looked like anything alive today.  “Thus, for all its importance,” they caution, “tree thinking is fraught with challenges.”    But then how can anything fraught with challenges be important or useful?  Let’s revisit their motives for proposing that tree-thinking should extend beyond the cloisters of evolutionary systematics.  Here’s the bottom line:Tree thinking belongs alongside natural selection as a major theme in evolution training.  Further, trees could be used throughout biological training as an efficient way to present information on the distribution of traits among species.  To this end, what is needed are more resources: computer programs, educational strategies, and accessible presentations of current phylogenetic knowledge.    Phylogenetic trees are the most direct representation of the principle of common ancestry–the very core of evolutionary theory–and thus they must find a more prominent place in the general public’s understanding of evolution.  As philosopher of science Robert O’Hara stated, “just as beginning students in geography need to be taught how to read maps, so beginning students in biology should be taught how to read trees and to understand what trees communicate.”  Among other benefits, as the concept of tree thinking becomes better understood by those in the sciences, we can hope that a wider segment of society will come to appreciate the overwhelming evidence for common ancestry and the scientific rigor of evolutionary biology.1David A. Baum, Stacey DeWitt Smith, Samuel S. S. Donovan, ”Evolution: The Tree-Thinking Challenge,” Science, Vol 310, Issue 5750, 979-980 , 11 November 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1117727].This article is very revealing.  The best way to understand it is to imagine oneself in ancient Babylonia, listening to some wizards of hepatoscopy (divination by reading the liver) lamenting the paucity of awareness of their craft among the astrologers and the general public.  They make a pitch in the Chaldean Journal about how useful hepatoscopy is to the general science of divination.  While admitting that their charts and diagrams are difficult to devise, they nevertheless argue that the charts are useful representations of fundamental insights, and took an awful lot of hard work to produce.  Their recommendation is to print more copies of their liver diagrams and instruct the young in the basic concepts of interpreting livers until the concept of liver-thinking becomes better understood and appreciated.    Far off?  Not by much.  Look what they admitted: phylogenetic inference from the actual data of biodiversity is “fraught with challenges.”  The field is “complex and rapidly changing.”  It has its own “dense statistical literature” impenetrable to those “outsiders” of the art.  It is an arena of “impassioned philosophical debates.”  One can imagine Babylonian hepatomancers in similar circumstances, adjusting their charts each time the king loses a battle despite their prognostication.  No problem; it’s all part of the “scientific rigor” of The Craft.    Notice also that tree-thinking is an a priori stance one takes before looking at the data.  It’s a world view: “the main framework within which evidence for evolution is evaluated.”  But what is being evaluated: the evidence, or the framework?  Since everything must fit into The Framework from the outset, no amount of change, debate, challenge or complexity endangers The Framework.  It is the grid through which all data must be sifted, the colored glass through which all wavelengths must be filtered.  This is very different from a geographical map with which they compare it (see analogy in the Baloney Detector).  A map represents visible data that can be corroborated in the present; a phylogenetic tree infers relationships in the unobservable past.  We do not conform the data to the map, but the other way around.  Not so with the Darwin Tree of Life.  Evidence is really secondary, because The Framework is already established.  Branches may shift here or there, but The Tree, as Platonic form, remains sacrosanct.  (You’ll notice that these wizards only bluffed about the “overwhelming evidence” for common ancestry and the “scientific rigor” of evolutionary biology; see 08/11/2003 and 06/13/2003 entries).    Rightly did Jonathan Wells classify Darwin’s tree of life as an Icon of Evolution.  An icon is a symbol, a representation of an article of faith.  The early icons of Jesus were not evidence for his divinity; they were reminders and representations of what the faithful already believed about him.  Proof of his divinity came not from the icons, but from the historical facts and eyewitness accounts of his miracles and resurrection.  As such, “icon-thinking” and meditation on the artistic representations would have constituted a weak apologetic.  The iconoclasts of early Christendom did not deny the object of the icons, but argued that the icons became idols, mere graven images that distracted one’s attention from the real person of Jesus Christ.  How much more an icon based on false premises and absent evidence will mislead a scientist and obscure honest investigation.  Like the icons of pagan gods adorning ancient temples, it substitutes a fantasy for the real world.    These three Darwin Party soothsayers want to short-circuit the proof from evidence and train novitiates by having them meditate on the icons.  They want computer programs, educational strategies and accessible representations of the products of their divination; they want to say, “believe, then interpret.”  They want to push this Framework, this faith – indeed, this religion – in the schools, to raise a new crop of devotees and practitioners of The Craft.  Such flagrant advocacy built on such shallow premises deserves a response in kind, from an iconoclast on that level.  We quote the noted philosopher Biff: “Make like a tree, and get outta here.”(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

November Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your Comments

first_imgRokman4( Member since 2008 )Rokman4Nomination by 2oddHOGs:“Rod spends a lot of time helping new cachers learn everything from the basics of geocaching to more intricate hides. When I first met Rod, he was giving a talk at a small town library. Rod is enthusiastic and thinks nothing of going over to a person’s home to help them with a computer problem or to take them out to find their first cache.  Rod was instrumental in setting up the first ever geocaching training ground, on a city owned recreational island, that will stay a training ground even now that the training event happened (close to 100 people attended).  Rod spent a lot of time working to make a contact with the city, showing them what he planned for the  island and getting the city’s support to hold the event and keep the island as the training ground. Rod is a terrific role model for those of us that are new the the game. ”nicgeo( Member since 2009 )nicgeoNomination by Mickelic:“Nicole is a geography teacher who uses geocaching to teach her students about latitude and longitude. She just wrote a grant for new GPS devices for her students and was awarded $500. Those who awarded the grant thought that her grant was the most unique and they featured Nichole in their monthly newsletter. I believe that she should be up for a nomination because, due to her excitement for geocaching, all of her students love going on field trips geocaching in our area. There is so much more about NicGeo which makes her the cacher of the month.” October Featured Geocacher of the Month, coast2coast2coastEvery month the geocaching community nominates people to be the  Geocacher of the Month – a geocacher who positively contributes to the community and stands out for his or her outstanding involvement in the activity. Groundspeak Lackeys choose three of the nominees and tell their stories here on Latitude 47. The community selects which of the three should be designated “Geocacher of the Month.”Last month, geocachers awarded the honor to coast2coast2coast. More than 50 geocachers wrote in support of the winner. Coast2coast2coast has hosted multiple events, helped direct the Mid Island Geocaching organization, and is known for his dedication to the geocaching community. Congratulations to all those who were nominated in October.Now it’s your turn to help select the featured November “Geocacher of the Month.” The nomination period is closed and we have whittled it down to the three geocachers featured below.Featured Geocacher of the Month GeocoinWrite a comment on this blog post about which of these three geocachers you feel should be November’s “Geocacher of the Month.” Those whose nominees were not recognized here are encouraged to submit their nominations again next month.Some testimonials have been edited for length. Comment below to tell us who you think should be the featured November “Geocacher of the Month.” A panel of Lackeys will use your comments to help decide which geocacher is awarded the honor. Each featured “Geocacher of the Month” will receive an exclusive special edition featured ”Geocacher of the Month” Geocoin along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and a certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by 2 of the founders of Geocaching.com. We will be accepting comments for November’s award through Monday the 24th.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be the Geocacher of the Month, send an email to [email protected] nomination must meet the following requirements:Geocacher of the Month Geocoin Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and a description (500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the December Geocacher of the Month must be received by December 3rd.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the October ‘Featured Geocacher of the Month’October 25, 2011In “Community”Announcing the November Featured Geocacher of the MonthNovember 23, 2011In “Community”Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsOctober 13, 2011In “Community” _JohnnyCache ( Member since 2007 )_JohnnyCacheNomination by Bocco:“_JohnnyCache has volunteered countless hours of his time as the president of the Maryland Geocaching Society for the past two years. In that position Tom has worked tirelessly to promote geocaching in our state. He also provides links for helpful information, and detailed instructions on how to use various GPSr’s, software, etc., in our organization forums. He has created a Maryland Geocaching Society fanpage on facebook, and a smartphone app for our forums. _JohnnyCache is not only an enthusiastic geocacher in his own right, who has hidden some of the most devious cache hides in the state, he gives back to our community of cachers. His efforts as president of our society have enhanced geocaching in Maryland enormously.”last_img read more

Designing security into the industrial IoT

center_img Log in to Reply 2 thoughts on “Designing security into the industrial IoT” operations manager Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT reliability “Considering that the whole system premise is based on information flying around. Of course a company has got to make sure that they have enough security in their system to make sure that their data doesn’t get compromised as it’s flying from one place to While design engineers might have to implement security elements into a chip, software, or platform, they may not necessarily be aware of how their work fits into their company’s bigger-picture security policies. “The security policy must be authored by both the IT team and the OT team together so that everyone knows what device is allowed to talk to what,” said Schrecker. Building a chain of trust A common theme is to establish a security policy and chain of trust from the outset and then ensure that it is maintained through design, development, production, and the entire lifecycle of a device. Trust must be built into the device, the network, and the entire supply chain. Haydn Povey, a board member of the IoT Security Foundation and CEO and founder of Secure Thingz, said that security needs to be addressed at four levels:  Continue Reading Previous Tackling security vulnerabilities of the industrial IoTNext How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number Four security We’ve all heard of the internet of things (IoT) and the industrial internet of things (IIoT). We know that the two are different: IoT is commonly used for consumer usage, and IIoT is used for industrial purposes. But how does a professional group like the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) actually define the IIoT? The group sees IIoT as a system that connects and integrates operational technology (OT) environments, including industrial control systems (ICS), with enterprise systems, business processes, and analytics. These IIoT systems differ from ICS and OT because they are connected extensively to other systems and people. And they differ from IT systems in that they use sensors and actuators that interact with the physical world, where uncontrolled change can lead to hazardous conditions. The benefits of IIoT are the ability of sensors or connected devices, as part of a closed-loop system, to collect and analyze data and then do something based on what the data reveals. The very connectivity, however, also grows the risk of attack — and, increasingly, cyberattacks — by those who may want to bring down the system. One of the many projects  under a Department of Energy (DoE) program to reduce cyber-incidents is being driven by Intel, looking at enhanced security for the power system edge. Because grid edge devices communicate with each other directly and through the cloud, the research is developing security enhancements to emphasize interoperability and provide for real-time situational awareness. First, this needs to be done in the form of a secure gateway for brownfield, or legacy, power system devices, then as an internal field programmable gate array (FPGA) upgrade designed as part of greenfield, or present-day, devices. The goal is to reduce the cyberattack surface in a way that doesn’t impede the normal functioning of the critical energy delivery functions. Sven Schrecker, chief architect of IoT security solutions at Intel and co-chair of the security working group at the IIC, said that security should not be the sole consideration when designing and deploying devices for IIoT systems, but developers should be thinking more broadly about five overall key factors:  “It is interesting to learn of different terms understood by different industries. Though the entire classification could be just within a single notion, the broader understanding seems quite vague and explorable. In the future, the varying industries coullast_img read more